First-Half 2019 Figures: Sartorius Stedim Biotech Continues on the Growth Track

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A Trusted Partner for the Biopharmaceutical Industry and Laboratories

Sartorius Stedim Biotech is a leading international partner for the biopharma sector. Our solutions are supporting our customers to develop and produce drugs safely, timely and economically. The Group has been annually growing by double digits on average and has been regularly expanding its portfolio by acquisitions of complementary technologies.

Seven reasons to invest

  • Clear focus on the attractive biopharma sector
  • Long-term growth drivers and significant market entrance barriers
  • Market leading position in key technologies and recognized brand
  • High share of recurring revenue as well as diversified earnings base
  • Strong presence in growth regions
  • Proven track record with alliances and acquisitions
  • High continuity with respect to customer base, employees and management

Sartorius Stedim Biotech | Half-Year 2019 Results

  • Sales revenue up 19.0%; order intake up 21.5%; earnings margin 28.9%
  • Strong growth across all product categories and geographies
  • Management raises guidance for the full year of 2019

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Strategy and Targets for 2025

Sartorius Stedim Biotech’s goal is to continue its profitable growth and systematically expand its position as a leading international partner for biopharmaceutical research and the industry. We are pursuing various strategic initiatives to grow sustainably up to 2025 – and beyond.

  • Achieve consolidated sales revenue of around 2.8 billion euros
  • Increase underlying EBITDA margin1) to around 30%

1) Sartorius Stedim Biotech uses underlying EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization; adjusted for extraordinary items) as the key profitability indicator.

We focus in both divisions on the attractive biopharmaceutical market characterized by long‑term and stable growth trends.

Key Growth Drivers

  • Growing world population
  • Increasing incomes and better access to healthcare services in emerging economies
  • Aging population and rise in age-related diseases in industrialized countries

Medical progress is also fueling growth, resulting in the ongoing development and approval of new biopharmaceuticals and in the improvement or expansion of indications for already existing active pharmaceutical ingredients. Therefore, a growing number of biotech medications are being approved for treatment of rare diseases considered incurable until now, and innovative cell and gene therapies are projected to further drive growth in the biopharma sector.

Sartorius Stedim Biotech has leading market positions in core technologies and is continuously expanding its portfolio by new, complementary technologies that help our biopharma customers develop and manufacture medications faster and more easily. Our strength in selecting suitable partners or acquisition candidates is based upon our in-depth understanding of applications. We are thoroughly familiar with our customers’ requirements and their entire value-added chains, and particularly understand the interactivity of the systems they use. Our innovation strategy is based on three pillars:

  • Integration of innovations through acquisitions
  • Alliances with partners
  • Own product development

North America and selected countries in Asia are at the focus of our growth strategy.

North America is the world’s largest market for both the development and the manufacture of biopharmaceuticals. Because North America is home to the main competitors for both company divisions, Sartorius Stedim Biotech has historically lower market shares in this region than in Europe and Asia. Accordingly, the company is striving to gain market share, primarily by strengthening its sales and service capacities.

Our second regional focus is on Asia, especially on China, South Korea and India. These markets have tremendous growth potential due to their increased healthcare spending by private households and governments. In these regions, Sartorius Stedim Biotech has invested in its sales infrastructure and is planning to expand its production capacities.

Moreover, we are investing in the digitalization of our processes. In addition, we have substantially expanded our production capacities, above all for filter and bag products.

Based on the first-half business performance and strong order intake, management of the Sartorius Stedim Biotech Group upgraded its forecast for the full year of 2019.

Sales revenue is now expected to increase by about 12% to 16% in constant currencies versus previous guidance of about 7% to 11%. Regarding profitability, management confirms that the company’s underlying EBITDA margin is expected to increase by slightly more than one percentage point over the prior-year figure of 28.2%. Approximately half a percentage point is forecasted to be an operational increase, whereas the remainder will result from changes to the IFRS accounting rules.1)             

The guidance for the ratio of capital expenditures to sales remains unchanged at around 11%, down from the year-earlier figure of 14.6%.2)

Regarding its financial position, management continues to expect that the ratio of net debt to underlying EBITDA will be slightly below the previous year's level of 0.4 reported. A disorderly exit of the United Kingdom from the EU and exacerbation of international trade disputes could impact our supply chain to a certain extent, despite the measures already taken to counteract this development. A reliable prognosis concerning possible effects cannot be made at the current time.

1) IFRS 16 is required to be applied as of 2019 and regulates accounting of lease contracts. This has resulted in reporting longer-term lease payments as depreciation and, accordingly, in a somewhat higher EBITDA.

2) As of 2019, CAPEX is based on cash flow instead of balance sheet computation; CAPEX ratio restated: 15.6% for H1 2018; 14.6% for FY 2018.

Sartorius Stedim Biotech S.A. is the parent company of the Sartorius Stedim Biotech Group. It is headquartered in Aubagne, France, and listed on the Euronext Paris.


Approximately 74% of the share capital and around 85% of the voting rights of Sartorius Stedim Biotech S.A. are held by Sartorius AG. Sartorius AG is a leading international bioprocess and laboratory equipment and technology provider headquartered in Göttingen, Germany, and listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange. It operates two divisions: the bioprocess business as a subgroup under its parent corporation Sartorius Stedim Biotech S.A. and the laboratory business as a further subgroup.

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